Healthcare Scenario of Dubai

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Are you planning to build or restructure or venture in any healthcare venture in Dubai? Looking for information about the major healthcare players in Government, Private diagnostic centers that are available in Dubai? Are you looking to find out which part of the of the city’s is best to venture in or what all facilities are available and what all should be planned for new setup? In this article Hospaccx Healthcare Consultancy has mapped all on major players in terms of medical facilities and healthcare scenario in Dubai.


Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates(UAE). On the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, it is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country. The emirate of Dubai shares borders with Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast.

Dubai is a global city and business hub of the Middle East. It is also a major transport hub for passengers and cargo. Dubai has attracted world attention through large construction projects and sports events, in particular the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

It is an expensive city in the Middle East.

Arabic is the national and official language of the United Arab Emirates. The Gulf dialect of Arabic is spoken natively by the Emirati people. English is used as a second language. The official religion of Dubai is Islam.

Population Mix

Dubai’s 2018(March) population was 3.03 million. Approximately 85% of the expatriate population and about 25% of the population have Iranian origin.

The Dubai population growth and the growth of the population of the UAE as a whole in recent years is on average 5% to 8% per year, which is one of the highest rates in the world.

Growth predictions show the population would touch over 5 million by 2027. The population and urban growth of Dubai has revealed that the city has been one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

Dubai’s ratio of males to females is skewed, with approximately 75% of the population being male.

Life expectancy in Dubai and the UAE is 76 years for males and 79 years for female, according to 2015 WHO data.

Depression has a significant contribution to the life expectancy, followed by a high-rate of deaths caused by auto accidents..

The total expenditure for healthcare in the UAE was 3.2% of the GDP.

Economy of Dubai

Dubai is a business hub of the Middle East. One of the world’s fastest growing economies, Dubai’s gross domestic product is projected at US$107.1 billion, with a growth rate of 6.1%.

Oil revenue helped accelerate the early development of the city, but its reserves are limited and production levels are low: today, less than 5% of the emirate’s revenue comes from oil. Dubai’s economy now relies on revenues from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services.

Real estate and construction (22.6%),trade (16%), entrepôt (15%) and financial services (11%) are the largest contributors to Dubai’s economy.

Dubai has launched several major projects to support its economy and develop different sectors. These include Dubai Fashion 2020 and Dubai Design District, expected to become a home to leading local and international designers.

Tourism is an important part of the Dubai government’s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate.



Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB), the hub for Emirates and flydubai, serves the city of Dubai and other emirates in the country. The airport was the 3rd busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic and also the 7th busiest cargo airport in world, handling million tons of cargo. Emirates is the national airline of Dubai. As of 2018, it operated internationally serving over 150 destinations in over 70 countries across six continents.

Growth Plans of Dubai

Bluewaters Island

Work has commenced on the Bluewaters Island with the first frames of Dubai Eye, billed to be the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, being installed. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has also awarded a Dh475 million contract to link the project to the mainland.

Besides, the Ferris wheel, the project will be demarcated retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones. It will also house a boutique five-star hotel and offer residential options. The island is anticipated to attract more than three million visitors per annum.

The Dh6-billion Bluewaters Island is set to be one of the largest tourist hotspots in the world and is being built near Jumeirah Beach Residence. Meraas Holdings is the developer of the project.

MBR City – District One

Meydan Sobha, the developer of $10-billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) City – District One.

Work on vertical structures as well as infrastructure, including an 8.8 kilometre bicycle and jogging track, are progressing rapidly. At present, there are over 4,000 workers on site, with numbers expected to reach more than 7,000 workers in a few months.

Covering 1,100 acres, MBR City – District One includes a seven-kilometre stretch of Crystal Lagoons, the world’s largest artificial beach and a 14-kilometre boardwalk.

The delivery of the lagoons has been linked with completion of the residential phases, with the entire development slated to be completed by 2020.

Museum of the Future

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Museum of the Future, has issued directives for quick implementation of the work plan for the museum as it plays an important role as a source of inspiration for innovations and an incubator for ideas.

It will provide the best innovative environment in the world with visitors being able to experience the future through cutting-edge simulations and interactive demonstrations.

The museum will hold scientific conferences and offer advanced courses and specialised workshops on design and innovation covering the latest scientific developments, trends and designs as well as their practical applications.

Dubai Creek Harbour

Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding have commenced work on the project, which includes the world’s tallest twin towers. The development, which is three times the size of Downtown Dubai, is located alongside Dubai Creek and adjacent to Ras Al Khor. It will comprise 3,664 office units, eight million square feet of retail space, 39,000 residential units and 22 hotels with 4,400 rooms. The developers have launched the first phase – Dubai Creek Residences – a cluster of six towers.

Dubai Water Canal

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed completion of 33 per cent construction on the Dh2-billion water canal project.

The Dubai Creek by three kilometres and the canal connecting the Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf. The waterway will stretch three kilometers in length and width ranging from 80 to 120 meters.

Healthcare Scenario of Dubai

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is responsible for overseeing the healthcare sector of the Emirate of Dubai, in addition to enhancing private sector engagement. The DHA is also responsible for the operation of a significant share of hospitals in Dubai.

Healthcare in Dubai can be divided into two different sectors: public and private. Each Emirate is able to dictate healthcare standards according to their internal laws, although the standards and regulations rarely have extreme differences.

There are 28 hospitals in Dubai, 6 public and 22 private. The Private Sector in Dubai represents the majority share reaching almost 79%, with a total of 22 hospitals operating within the emirate. Medical centres were historically operated only by the private sector, however, 16 local and 9 federal medical centres were opened.

Public hospitals in Dubai hold a significantly higher average of 391 beds, compared to the average of 85 beds recorded for private hospitals in the emirate.

By the end of 2012, there were also a total of 1,348 medical clinics, 97% of which are operated privately.

In 2015, Dubai phased in mandatory health insurance for all inhabitants, thereby leading to increased demand for medical services.


Lifestyle diseases (sometimes called diseases of longevity or diseases of civilisation) are diseases that appear to increase in frequency as countries become more industrialised and people live longer. They can include: Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, asthma, cancer, chronic liver disease or cirrhosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, chronic renal failure, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and obesity

Diseases in the cardiovascular and circulatory systems were the leading causes of all deaths in 2016 (caused 33.4 per cent of all deaths in the hospital of Dubai).

Among the top leading causes of deaths, cancer came as the second highest cause of death accounting for 17.9 per cent, while diseases of the respiratory system ranked as the third leading cause (11.1 per cent) of death in 2016.

Events at the injuries and perinatal period ranked as the fourth and fifth highest causes of deaths with 6.7 per cent and 6 per cent, respectively.

The rate of diabetes related illnesses have witnessed an unprecedented increase and which is expected to increase to 4.5 million by 2030.

Healthcare Workers

According to the Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) annual statistical book for 2016, though the overall number for the UAE stands at 25.3 physicians per 10,000 people, Dubai’s alone stands at 33.5.

There is a significant growth in the number of physicians and manpower, according to the statistical handbook.

The registered physicians in Dubai were 8,614 for the year of 2016, with an increase of 80.7 per cent than that of 2010.

Of these, the share of DHA was 0.6 physicians per 1,000 population, while the share of private was 2.7 physicians per 1,000 population.

The rate of dentists was 0.8 per 1,000 population, while it was 7.2 for nurses.

However, the number of nurses was 72 per 10,000 population.

According to the DHA’s Annual Health Statistical Report for 2015, a total of 1,612 Emiratis are currently working in the medical sector in Dubai. Category-wise statistics say that 276 physicians, 106 dentists, 50 nurses, 29 pharmacists are working in Dubai hospitals and primary health centres.

Distribution of Physicians in Public and Private Hospitals

Source: DHA 2012, Colliers International Analysis

27% of the physicians are in public hospital and 73% in private hospital.

Distribution of Nurses in Public and Private Hospitals

Source: DHA 2012, Colliers International Analysis

34% of nurses are in public hospital and 66% in private hospital.

Dubai as a Medical Tourism Hub

Dubai plans to become the top international destination for medical tourists by 2020, with a target of approximately 500,000 medical tourists by 2020. In 2012, Dubai attracted approximately 107,000 medical tourists. The revenue generated from medical tourism was estimated at US$ 177.5 million in 2012, which is expected to grow to US$ 710 million by 2020.

Hospitals may work in collaboration with airlines, hotels and health authorities to successfully establish Dubai as a medical tourism hub. The expanding hospitality market in Dubai also contributes to the growth of Dubai’s healthcare sector. The hospitality sector which supports medical tourism is expected to cater to over 20 million tourists by 2020 with over 160,000 rooms.

Dubai is centrally located with a national carrier capably flying over a one third of the world’s population within four hours and two thirds within an eight-hour flight, which gives an addition to medical tourism.

Major Hospitals in Dubai

NMC Hospital

NMC hospital was established in 2004,is a multi – specialty hospital providing quality and trusted healthcare services with patient rooms – 79(ICU beds 9 and OTs- 5) to the people of Dubai and Northern Emirates.

Zulekha Hospital

It is 79 bed hospital established in 2004 which offers both inpatient and outpatient care covering a wide range of medical and surgical specialties.

Thumbay Hospital

Thumbay Chain of Hospitals is one of the largest healthcare providers. The group focuses on three pillars Education, wide ranging Healthcare and Research. It is leading network of private teaching hospitals in the region. Hospital is JCI accredited.

Hatta Hospital

It is a multi-disciplinary hospital with 123 beds, is located in the heart of Hatta. The facility is a new addition to DHA’s network of hospitals and health centers that aims to establish a health care sector for people in Dubai.

Most of the patients come from nearby villages such as Huwailat, Manayi, Safwat, Mazira, Madame, Shuwaib, Of the Amman Authority.

Dubai Hospital

Is a specialized hospital with numerous specialized centers that include cardiology, oncology and kidney disease. It also includes around 26 surgical and medical departments.

By March 1983, the Dubai Hospital began admitting patients, augmenting the medical services offered.

The number of visitors reached 250,000 during the year and the number of surgical operations reached to 10,000 operations per year.

Al Zahra Private Hospital Dubai (AZHD)

AZHD has been designed and developed to provide premium medical care and comfort with modern equipment and a team of professional doctors. It is located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Al Barsha and is commissioned to operate in compliance with Global Accreditation and International Standards. AZHD has a capacity of 187 beds Offer specialized services. Team of doctors and nurses have immense experience in their respective specialty; all the doctors have global recognition and accreditations.

The American Hospital Dubai

It is 254-bed, acute care, general medical/surgical private hospital with a multi-specialty physician group practice, designed to provide a high quality, American standard of healthcare to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the people of Dubai, the UAE and the surrounding Gulf States.

The American Hospital Dubai became the first hospital in the Middle East to be awarded JCI accreditation in May 2000 and has successfully maintained its accreditation seven times. The Laboratory of the American Hospital Dubai was the first private lab in the Middle East to earn accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and was accredited for the ninth consecutive time in 2017.

Saudi German Hospital – Dubai (SGH)

Biggest private hospitals groups in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). SGH-Dubai started in March 2012, being the 6th tertiary care hospital of SGH Group and since then, the hospital succeeded to prove itself as one of the major tertiary care hospitals in Dubai and UAE. With 161 beds(6 OTs), SGH Dubai offers a wide range of medical services including all kinds of specialties, sub-specialties and critical cares, with highest level of international standards.

Aster Hospital

It is a 100 bedded medical facility where doctors adopt a multidisciplinary approach to provide holistic treatment to patients. Building on the trust over the last 30 years, have evolved into a leading healthcare network with 323 medical establishments across 9 countries, including hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. Equipped with the most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in UAE, Aster Hospital offers multispeciality medical and surgical care all under one roof.

Aster Hospital is JCI Accredited

Single Speciality Hospitals

Latifa Hospital

It is a hospital for Women and Children. It is one of the largest maternity and children’s hospital in the UAE and was built in 1987.

Latifa Hospital provides tertiary care for maternal and neonatal services including paediatric and neonatal surgery as well as treatment for genetic and metabolic issues. The hospital has a well-equipped Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and an expert team of health care professionals who provide international levels of neonatal, Pediatric and maternal care.

Latifa Hospital serves as a referral hospital due to its highly sophisticated and well equipped Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Fetomaternal services and the Paediatric Surgery Unit.

Latifa hospital was accredited by JCI in 2007 and re-accredited in 2010 and 2013. Latifa hospital currently has 344 beds.

Rashid Hospital Dubai

In the four decades since the opening of the Rashid Hospital in Dubai in March 1973. The Rashed International Accreditation Hospital was accredited by the Joint World Hospital Accreditation Committee on 25 October 2007 to the present time.

Rashid Hospital currently has 771 beds; it serves all specialties and is the largest emergency and injury hospital in the Emirate of Dubai and the region. The hospital includes surgical units, medical and intensive intensive care, operating rooms and clinical support.

Medical Colleges in Dubai

Dubai Medical College (DMC)

It is committed to providing students with medical education to obtain an accredited degree of Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery in the UAE. The college provides a learning environment and promotes high levels of student achievement, consistent with the highest standards of academic excellence.

IBC Medical Services

It is an independent training institute established in 2000, and has been training Medical professionals for the last 17 years, teaching nearly 4,000 Physicians annually. IBC is the partner company of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM) in Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and North Africa. IBC also partners with prestigious British University Hospitals & Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) courses for Obstetricians and Gynaecologist in Medical Ultrasonography, Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery and many other Super Medical & Surgical Sub-Specialties.

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

It is an interdisciplinary basic social science department at Harvard Medical School. Faculty of social scientists and physicians teach and conduct research in the social sciences and humanities relevant to health and illness, health care delivery, and the professional culture of medicine. Teaching and research programs contribute to the education of undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, clinicians and policymakers.

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine is a preclinical department of Harvard Medical School. It is one of three social science departments at HMS. It incorporates the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery–Dubai, the Center for Bioethics, and the Center for Primary Care.

Diagnostic Centres in Dubai

Aster Medinova Diagnostic Centre, Bur Dubai ,

It is the centralized laboratory and diagnostic division of the Aster DM Healthcare group has the first laboratory accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) in the Middle East.

Al Etihad Diagnostic Center (EDC)

It is Strategically situated at the core of Jumeirah`s Medical hub area, Dubai. EDC’s highly qualified medical professionals provide the highest standard of health care in terms of patient satisfaction and medical professionalism.

Premier Diagnostic Center

Is an associate of the Prime HealthCare Group was inaugurated on February 07, 2011. Premier Diagnostic Center is the first diagnostic center on the Deira side of Dubai which offers complete radiology and laboratory services with the added advantage of an open MRI facility. “Premier” is specifically accredited with ISO.

Global Hawk Imaging and Diagnostics

GHID is a world class JCI accredited chain of trusted diagnostic centers. GHID (established in 2011), has evolved around a unique dual concept where in radiology services are facilitated with outsourced expertise through Global hawk telemedicine (established in 2008) the pioneering & only tele radiology service providers of UAE recognized by DHA.

Medsol Diagnostics

Is a division of Gulf Healthcare International is an extensive Lab network of repute in UAE known for quality and reliable laboratory services at affordable costs. With a comprehensive collection of diagnostic equipment and facilities we ensure accurate and timely diagnosis to make informed appropriate treatment decisions, better healthcare and improved clinical outcomes.


The population of Dubai is expected to exceed 3.5 million in 2020 and 5 million by 2027. Considering the diseases- in particular the changing lifestyle which is resulting in an increase in chronic diseases previously uncommon to the region, continuous growth of population mainly- due to urbanisation. It gives a scope for new equipped hospitals, with developed infrastructure, quality service, trained and qualified healthcare workers to cater the growing population and to prevent the future short fall of healthcare. It is also estimated that 1,500 hospital beds will be required over the next 6 years.

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